This was for sure a shocking psychological thriller but I must convey that it was alarming, thrilling, and shocking in an enjoyably sense. It was not disturbing to me in the same way as Behind Closed Doors or Pretty Girls. Maestra follows a young art assistant Judith Rashleigh through London, Italy and France. This book was erotic, exotic, fast paced and hard to put down. The New York Post said this one makes 50 Shades look like the bible. They are not wrong.
For me, Purity reads on the same level as The Goldfinch and Fates and Furies - where these authors come at you with unrivaled literary prose, bizarre plot lines and vivid characters. This novel might take you a little longer to get into but the results are worthwhile. Purity has just enough sex and murder woven in with extreme fidelity, journalism, news leaks, travel, day-to-day, and relationship dynamics to keep things really interesting.
Tana FrenchA super interesting read that takes place among a murder detective squad in Ireland, written with a thick Irish dialect. The Trespasser follows the trials and tribulations of Antoinette Conway on her first big murder case. It reads like a really in depth CSI show with intense interrogations, fascinating witness-cop interaction and unexpected twists.
Everything We Keep
Kerry LonsdaleCompared to the rest of the books in my list this one was an overall uplifting and comfortable read. I won't downplay the fact that the main character Aimee is a young woman who just lost her fiancee and is dealing with crippling grief as it unfolds into a mysterious everything is not as it seems scenario, but, it's also a story of overcoming loss and finding love again. There are unexpected twists, some dark moments, combined with a good amount of tender, lighthearted, happy moments too.
Don't You Cry
Mary KubicaI am a big fan of Mary Kubica's masterful ways with suspense and enjoyed this sinister and gripping story almost as much as The Good Girl. This one won't disappoint!
Truly Madly Guilty
Truly Madly Guilty might be my favorite book of Liane Moriarty's so far. The story is expertly woven as it jumps back and fourth between different characters points of view; leaving the reader with a massive cliffhanger, the eventual reveal, and the aftermath of a life changing event.
And how exciting that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are starring in the HBO Mini series adaptation of a different book of hers, Big Little Lies! I am looking forward to watching that.
Behind Closed Doors
In mentioning this book above and all the expletives I want to throw out there to describe my emotions while reading*, I'll warn you to proceed with caution. On second thought you might want to dive right in just so you know what everyone's reeling about. Behind Closed Doors depicts beyond disturbing behavior of a newlywed couple - the husband towards his wife, which is extremely unsettling to read. A true psychological thriller but it's nothing like you've read in the past.
*I'm technically not reading this but listening to an audio book - which has turned out to be a nice change of pace on my commute and at the gym!